NHL roundup: Devils prevail in overtime

Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:39 into overtime, and the New Jersey Devils won their third straight game to start the lockout-shortened season, 3-2, over the winless Washington Capitals Friday night in Newark.

Kovalchuk took a pass from defenseman Marek Zidlicky low in the left circle and beat Michal Neuvirth, who was outstanding in overtime. Neuvirth made seven saves, most on a New Jersey power play.

Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey, which is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2002-03 season, the last time the Devils won the Stanley Cup.


Mike Ribeiro and Mike Green scored for Washington in the final 7:15 of regulation to force overtime. The Capitals (0-3-1) became the last team to earn a point this season.

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Neuvirth finished with 32 saves, stopping five shots after Green was called for interference in the opening minute of overtime.

Washington was trailing, 2-0, when the Devils took a couple of penalties in the final 10 minutes of regulation. The Capitals took advantage, with Ribeiro cutting the deficit in half with a slam-dunk goal from the edge of the crease with the Capitals enjoying a two-man advantage. Green tied it with 2:56 left.

Lightning 6, Senators 4 — Ryan Malone scored a pair of third-period goals and host Tampa Bay got past Ottawa.

Malone deflected Sami Salo’s blue-line slap shot at 3:39 of the third that pulled the Lightning even at 4. Tampa Bay took a 5-4 lead when the left wing scored from the low left-circle with 7:02 to play.


Ottawa, which had a season-opening three-game winning streak end, got goals from Erik Condra, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, and Kyle Turris.

Jets 4, Penguins 2 — Andrew Ladd scored to snap a tie and Winnipeg tallied three times in the second period to beat Pittsburgh and end a five-game home losing skid.

Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien netted a power-play goal and Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler also tallied. Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 33 shots for the Jets, who snapped a three-game slide to Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby scored twice, taking sole possession of fourth place on the Penguins’ all-time points list.

Canucks 5, Ducks 0 — Cory Schneider made 30 saves in his fifth career shutout, Mason Raymond scored twice, and visiting Vancouver avenged last week’s blowout loss to Anaheim with three power-play goals.


Hurricanes 3, Sabres 1 — Jay Harrison scored the go-ahead goal with 4:50 left and Dan Ellis made 40 saves in his first start for Carolina in its win in Buffalo.

Red Wings 5, Wild 2 — Henrik Zetterberg snapped a tie midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game early in the third to lift host Detroit over Minnesota.